Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Amy McCarter, community relations manager for Cherokee Nation Businesses, join Patty Crisp, program director for Tulsa Women and Children’s Center, and Greg Sneed, executive director for Palmer, on a guided tour of the residential facility.
Published June 3, 2017
TULSA — Cherokee Nation Businesses presented Palmer’s Tulsa Women and Children’s Center with a $10,000 donation during a recent tour of the north Tulsa facility.
CNB’s donation will support vital services, including nutritional, medical, child care and transportation. Some of the funds will also support cultural classes such as basket weaving.
“We take great pride in our role as an outstanding community partner,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “By investing in local communities and supporting organizations that provide such life-changing services to families, we are helping build a brighter future for Cherokee Nation and for Oklahoma.”
The Tulsa Women and Children’s Center provides trauma-informed, substance abuse treatment services for pregnant and parenting women. It is one of the few programs in the U.S. that accommodates children while their mothers are in residential treatment.
Last year, the program served more than 600 individuals and their families. Native Americans represented more than 20 percent of the clients helped in 2016.
“Substance abuse has reached a critical level in Oklahoma and throughout Indian Country,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Programs and facilities such as the Tulsa Women and Children’s Center are integral in battling the current epidemic and in protecting future generations from the cycle of alcohol and drug dependency.”
The 52-bed center provides 35 therapeutic hours per week of comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment, as well as medical and psychiatric services, mental health therapy, trauma therapy, domestic violence counseling, case management and other services designed to help clients move towards self-sufficiency upon discharge.
TWCC maintains a dual focus of addressing client’s chemical dependency needs as well as their parenting skills. TWCC’s Children’s Program provides specialized care and a comprehensive treatment program to address the needs of children impacted by living in a drug environment.
“We are very grateful to Cherokee Nation Businesses for their donation and support of the Tulsa Women and Children’s Center,” said Greg Sneed, executive director for Palmer. “We could not be more honored than to have the Cherokee Nation as a partner in our effort to promote sustained recovery for adolescents, women and their families.”
Palmer has been serving clients in Tulsa since 1981. Its alcohol and other drug programs are certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The Child Care Program at TWCC is accredited by NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and is licensed as a Reaching for the Stars Three-Star Child Care Center by Oklahoma Child Care Services. Palmer services are offered without regard to race, creed, sexual orientation, disability or ability to pay.
For more information about Palmer or the Tulsa Women and Children’s Center, please visit www. palmer-tulsa.org.